Since President Joe Biden weakened border protections put in place by his predecessor, the number of illegal immigrants who will die attempting to cross the southern border is expected to reach its highest level in U.S. history.
Although it is difficult to properly date and identify the remains of people discovered in the desert, experts believe 2020 was the deadliest year in the history of the southern border — until this year. Last year, Border Patrol agents found the remains of 253 people near the U.S.-Mexico border. This year through July, agents have already discovered 383 people — a 151% increase.
The number of deaths has increased across the entire flank of America’s nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. In 12 southern Texas counties, the number of remains discovered more than tripled this year, from 45 in all of 2020 to 128 by this June. In Arizona’s border sector, officials found 127 separate sets of human remains by this year’s midway point